Fatouh, the guardian of the Mangroves has not been seen for the last few decades. Some say he left after disputes with local tribes while others claim that it is increasing destruction and pollution of these ecosystems in the Arabian Gulf that have forced him out. And yet recently fishermen have reported sightings of Fatouh. As we maneuver into the tiny mangrove islands inhabited by flamingoes and cormorants of Umm Al Quwain, we discover traces of this forgotten creature and reminisce about his life through Emirati folk tales retold by Emirati students from Zayed University.
Alexis Gambis is a filmmaker, biologist and an Assistant Professor of Biology, Film & New Media at New York University Abu Dhabi where he teaches courses in scientific visualization and storytelling. His films combine scientific research and narrative often blurring the lines between reality and fiction.
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